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The Colorado Latino Festival, an annual event hosted in the state that celebrates the culture of Latin America, was recently canceled.
The organizers blamed President Trump's threat that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will begin deporting "millions" of undocumented immigrants as well as a bad weather forecast the day of the event.
"Due to poor weather conditions and very real and announced threats of Immigration raids by the White House, the Colorado Latino Festival has taken the hard decision to postpone its event scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, June 23rd in Boulder, CO. This combination of conditions has created a not-so ideal scenario for everyone participating," the organizers said on their event page on Facebook. "We want to be sensible to our communities."
"As vendors, artists, sponsors, volunteers, staff, contractors and attendees we want you to have a great experience while providing you the highest positive impact," they continued.
The festival organizers added that they are still looking to host the annual event this year, however, and said they are currently working "with the City of Boulder on a new tentative date."
Trump made the threat to begin deporting undocumented immigrants last week. But he later announced that he would temporarily delay the ICE operation, which was estimated to result in the deportation of up to 2,000 immigrant families, for two weeks starting Saturday.